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Fruity teacake

Fruity teacake

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(102 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr Plus soaking

Easy

Serves 12
Perfect with a reviving cuppa, this cake is a keeper and will happily sit in a tin for a week or so

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition per serving

  • kcalories231
  • fat4g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs48g
  • sugars33g
  • fibre1g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.27g
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Ingredients

  • 300g mixture dried berries and cherries

    Cherry

    che-ree

    One of the delights of the summer, cherries are much loved for their succulent texture, flavour…

  • 225ml hot tea
  • juice 1 orange (about 75ml/2½fl oz) plus zest

    Orange

    or-ange

    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 50g butter

    Butter

    butt-err

    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 100g light brown sugar

    Sugar

    shuh-ga

    Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…

  • 1 egg

    Egg

    egg

    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 4 tbsp demerara sugar

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Method

  1. Place the dried fruits in a bowl and pour over the hot tea, orange juice and zest. Cover with cling film, then leave for at least 4 hrs or better still overnight.

  2. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease and line the base of a 2lb loaf tin. Beat together the butter and sugar until creamy, then beat in the egg followed by the flour. Carefully stir through the fruit mixture. Spoon the mixture into the tin, then smooth over the surface with the back of a spoon. Sprinkle all over with a thick layer of demerara sugar.

  3. Bake for 1 hr or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin, then turn out, cut into slices and serve.

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Comments (151)

lyntone's picture
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Very easycake ot make and delicious. Does not hang around in our house!! Yes crumbly but surprisly light. Made with dried mixed fruit and glace cherries, and it was fab. Going to add nuts and change about the fruit for a variation. Give it a try, well worth it. The soaking overnight is really important.

greyedwv's picture
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It seems as if you can put almost anything into this cake, which is great. I used prunes, dried apricots and dried cherries (from Waitrose, but yes.. not cheap). It turned out really well and the fruit soaked up all the liquid so there was no need to save it - maybe because I only had a clementine to use instead of an orange? Anyway, very delicious despite a slightly singed bottom (my oven cooks from below unfortunately), and I'll be making it again, with variations.

vicki1605's picture
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Although I thought the flavour of this cake was really good, it was very crumbly and a little dry. Was difficult to cut unless I made the slices really big!

However, it is low in fat, so I guess you can't have everything!

paradisehouse's picture

Made this a year or so ago and found the dried berries & cherries v.expensive, so good to see that its still good with "ordinary" dried fruit - although it would obviously not be such an interesting flavour. Actually the berries/cherries, which I bought from Lidl so a bit cheaper, turned it into a pinky-purple cake!
I liked it a lot BUT it was horribly crumbly and impossible to slice, I suppose because its so low in fat.

tamsinboo's picture

I really liked the taste of this cake... maybe a little too many sultanas.. the main problem was that it was ooo crumbly, i couldnt even cut slices! difficult to eat. does anyone know what makes it crumbly and how we can make it the opposite? help! thanks :)

inathalie's picture
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Made this cake yesterday - there are only crumbles left in the tin ;)
I substituted cherries with cranberries and it turned out great!
Also, if you don't have self-raising flour, I use normal plain flour, 1,5 teaspoon baking powder and 1 teaspoon baking soda.

Freddie2010's picture
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I used mixed fruit and it turned out yummy a real treat and will make again and again.

caz505bgf's picture
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I was pleasantly surprised with this one. Made it as a low fat option when taking a few treats into work and it went down a storm. I tried it and liked it, it was definitely moist and sugary thanks to the topping and it was tasty, it had a really good rise and was simple to prepare. I think it was obvious that it wasn't a gooey, buttery load of naughtiness but hey, it does what it says on the tin: a low fat but tasty treat.

catherineshumphrey's picture
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Fab cake! Just tried it out as doing a tea party for my sisters hen do and HAD to have fruit cake! Started the fruit soaking this morning before I went to work and made it when I got back! At the stage when you mix in the flour it goes really stiff and I worried but once the fruit & tea mixture is in it's fine!

hurricane13's picture
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Got 2 of these baking in the oven as I type. Doubled everything and split into 2 tins. One for me and wife and a another for everyone else to share :-)

Only :-( is that I never spread them before going in oven as recipe says and they are splitting a bit on top. I'm sure they will taste great regardless.

Oh, I thought it might be nice to put a good blob of Golden Syrup in too! :-)

mightyatom's picture

Deliciious......never in the tin for long already a family favourite

smilerc's picture
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I used Sainsbury's Luxury Dried Fruit (which contains raisins, sultanas, cherries, apricot and pineapple) instead of the berries and cherries and it tasted wonderful. Moist, not crumbly. Love the crunchy sugar topping.

johnnycalvert's picture
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Very nice indeed! I only had sultanas around so i used those. I also didn't have an orange so used lemon instead. The cake was lovely and moist and lovely with a bit of clotted cream and cup of tea. Will try with the correct ingredients next time.

becca_whitfield's picture
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Forgot to say, works well with self raising wholemeal flour, if you want to make it extra healthy. And spelt flour works too.

becca_whitfield's picture
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I used dried cranberries, dates and raisins, and this cake was delicious. The orange juice and zest give the cake a really nice citrus flavour. Still good 2 weeks after being baked, and if anything even tastier. Very moist, and another low fat favourite in our house. Yum

eleanormayo's picture
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I used a mix of dried blueberries, cherries, jumbo raisins and sultanas. Was very tasty, but rather crumbly - I imagine this could be rectified by uping the quantity of butter though.

alexthefreeman's picture
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Really Like this recipe. Very Tasty. And Easy to make. Only thing, bit boring when waiting for soaking time to finish. Does this need to be min of four hours?

ayleen_p's picture
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It was very easy to make and very tasty and healthy. I will be using less dried fruit next time though as I found it too fruity. It took longer than an hour to bake it but maybe turn the heat down nearer the end so it won't burn the sugary top.

Frantic Flapjack's picture
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Used up open packets of dried fruit from the cupboard and soaked overnight. Very good tea loaf - moist and fruity with a good orange flavour.

lovetocook10x's picture

Was delicious ! My whole family loved it , couldnt get enough :)
plus its low fat too which is an extra treat !

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